Lionel Messi won his Seventh ballon d’or last Monday after accumulating a total of 613 points, 33 more than second place Robert Lewandowski.
What is the selection process for the 2021 Ballon d’Or?
For the Men’s Ballon d’Or, 180 journalists from around the world, each representing a different country, are asked to choose five footballers from a 30-player shortlist, in descending order of merit.
To start, editors at French weekly publication France Football created a 30-player shortlist of award nominees, which itself is prestigious to be a part of.
The following qualifications are considered by the jury:
Individual and collective performances (winners) during the year.
Player class (talent and fair play).
Overall judgment of the player’s career.
The top-ranking player from each journalist’s selection will receive six points, with the second-ranking player earning four points, then three, two and one going down from the rest of their top five picks.
This is how the journalist selected to represent Cameroon Gustave Samnick voted for the ballon d’or
1- Kylian Mbappe
2- Mohamed Salah
3- Kevin De Bruyne
4- Gianluigi Donnarumma